Scientific Writer

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Scientific writers apply their knowledge of a particular area to communicate scientific findings to audiences via formats such as academic journal articles, multimedia and web pages, non-academic newspapers and magazines and educational resources (e.g. Textbooks).

Scientific writers require an in-depth knowledge of their subject area and a comprehensive general science understanding, an ability to interpret and describe statistical data for various audiences, the ability to conduct thorough research and to write in a variety of styles.

Scientific writers may be employed by publishing companies, media outlets, pharmaceutical and medical companies and other research bodies but may also work as freelance writers taking up opportunities with various different organisations. While an undergraduate science degree with a relevant major is required, postgraduate specialisation and even training in journalism is beneficial.